After largely failing to prod state governments into developing a national identification system known as “REAL ID,” Republican lawmakers in Congress are yet again quietly pushing another Obama-backed scheme that would more directly force every American to have a national ID card containing sensitive biometric data. The controversial plan, embedded in an immigration-enforcement bill, has been in the works for years, but has consistently been met with stiff opposition from liberty-minded grassroots organizations and activists. While the plan has failed in previous Congresses thanks to a groundswell of opposition, critics of the measure say that without prompt action, the unconstitutional scheme could soon become a reality.
The legislation, officially dubbed the "Legal Workforce Act" (H.R. 1147), is ostensibly aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining jobs in the United States.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear oral arguments from both sides in the Department of Justice’s appeal of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s February 16 injunction that blocked the Obama administration’s use of executive actions to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens. After Hanen declined to grant a stay of his injunction the DOJ filed its appeal on March 12 in the New Orleans appellate court.
Members of the Houston-based Remembrance Project, which was formed to bring comfort to families of Americans killed by people in the United States illegally, recently traveled to the state capitol in Austin to support the passage of SB 185, a bill to prohibit cities from implementing policies that would interfere with local police enforcement of state or federal immigration laws.
Senator Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Liberty University in Virginia on March 23, has been criticized by Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola, co-directors of the radical, pro-amnesty Dream Action Coalition.
While most police departments in the country require their police officers to be U.S. citizens, some do not, with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in Tennessee being the latest large department to consider such a policy.